In Chinese Medicine, Spring is associated with the Liver & it’s partner the Gall Bladder. We are all familiar with the energy of Spring – fresh and outward bound with renewed energy as we come out of the winter energy that is more inward bound & about conserving energy. Just as the flowers & trees begin to reach outwards with their leaves & blossoms, so too does our energy begin to reach outwards into a more Yang phase of expression.
If our energy is working harmoniously we will feel uplifted and joyful with this new seasonal expression of energy. However, if the Liver energy is constrained by stress and poor lifestyle habits or illness, we can experience difficulties such as:
- outbursts of anger &/or frustration
- tight neck & shoulders
- teeth grinding & frequent sighing
- depression, irritability & moodiness
- abdominal discomfort
- premenstrual syndrome
What to do…?
- Eat less & allow the liver to cleanse
- Reduce processed foods
- Increase intake of green foods
- Reduce alcohol
- Consume bitter & sour foods eg rocket salad & vinegar, lemon juice
- Move the Qi! Exercise daily
- Ginger improves circulation – drink it fresh as tea
- Let go – allow your emotions. Give yourself time & space to experience them.
Recipe: Health tip:
Self Massage with Tennis Balls
Use a tennis ball on it’s own or place 2 tennis balls in a sock or stocking & tie a knot in between the two balls & at each end. Do this exercise on a mat or carpet. Lie down on the tennis balls with one on each side of the spine. Roll over the balls until you feel a ‘hot spot’ in the muscle. Rest on the tennis balls to create sustained pressure on this spot for about 20 seconds. As always, check first with your health practitioner if you have any major ongoing pain and injuries.